Boots, Breeches, Gloves, all important pieces of apparel when it comes to riding, but your riding helmet is by far the most important piece of riding equipment you own. It’s the only protection you have between your head and the ground. No matter how experienced the rider, or how broke the horse, we all end up there sooner or later. And some of us more than others.
Troxel has provided us with their most popular, new and improved Spirit helmet for review. While we tried not to throw ourselves off of the horse for testing, a fall did occur. The rider did not land on her head, per say, but on her bottom, and her head hit the base of a jump. With the noise of the ‘crack’ we thought for sure the helmet was affected, but it wasn’t. It left a mark on the helmet, but better the helmet than the skull!
The GPS II dial provided a comfortable and secure fit. And the ventilation was perfect for the hot summer. At the suggested price of $39.95, the Troxel Spirit is a perfect helmet for a beginner, a schooling helmet or just as a back-up.
More about the Troxel Spirit:
Troxel has taken the Spirit and added a fully adjustable sizing system with the simple turn of a dial. The new Gripper Positioning System (GPS) II rear dial allows riders to quickly tighten or loosen the helmet's fit by dialing with one hand, providing simple method of adjustment provides a balanced, secure fit, reducing the helmet's tendency to shift backward or forward. The Spirit's new dial system combines with Troxel's patented Flip-Fold internal pad system to provide an additional level of comfort and support. Troxel's GPS II Dial System provides a superior level of quality and several enhancements over existing dial systems found in equestrian helmets:
The system provides a half-surround adjustment around the back of the head, ensuring that the head is securely fixed in the helmet rather than tightly suspended in the helmet in the case of existing full-surround systems.
The half-surround system minimizes uncomfortable tension on the front brow and adjustment pressure is dispersed through the padded Flip-Fold system.
Because the half-surround dial-system takes up less space, it allows riders to wear a narrower, more streamlined helmet.
The system is riveted to the helmet rather than attached with Velcro, providing a permanently anchored, long-lasting helmet. Over months of heat, moisture and cold, Troxel's unique riveted attachment is more durable and the additional stress resulting from dial systems suspended with Velcro is eliminated.
The rubber co-molded dial system is easier to hold and turn between the fingers than more slippery plastic dial systems.